cross country skiing
It was a great shorter hike for viewing larch trees in October. A little icy in parts when I was there on 10/9 so trekking poles were of help. Once you reach the ridge there are very nice views of the Cascades in every direction as you make the final push for the lookout. FR roads to the TH were in pretty good shape.
Trail to the lake is in good shape. After starting on the trail take the second right to Scatter Lake, the first right is Slate Creek. Good camping spots just off the lake shore. Lots of larch trees. If you decide to take on Abernathy Peak, it is about .8 mile scramble and another 1300 ft elevation gain. There is a faint boot path to the to the left once you reach the saddle. The views of the surrounding peaks from the top are amazing.
My dad and I were going for a drive today, we live in Chelan and needed to get away from all the tourists! We ended up here and it was a nice overcast day. We all headed up but do to dad's hips he only made it about a mile, so the dog and I continued up past the falls a bit then turned around. Stopped at the falls, pup went swimming and I took some great pics. Ran pretty much all the way up and down, the trail was easy and a quick lil trip to some BEAUTIFUL falls. Happy Trails.
Did this on 7/6/16. Long and bumpy drive to the trailhead, but doable in any passenger car. Don't miss the overlook about 2/3 of the way up. The first 1/2 of the trail is steep, but gives nice views when not in the forest--and wild flowers! The second half of the trail is even steeper, but don't despair. The view at the lookout is amazing. As one of the few manned fire lookouts in the area, this one is normally garrisoned by Lightening Bill, but he wasn't there the day we hiked it. I hear he's a great guy to chat with.
Beautiful trail that starts nice and high. We hit snow about 1/2 up the trail. Last 600-700 ft was snow trail straight up. Coming back down the snow was a little punchy from the heat but fine. Without snow this seems like a steep but totally doable hike. With snow (north facing slope) the. Route finding is needed, especially near the ridge line.
Snow free as of Memorial Day weekend. The balsamroot is a week or two past it's prime but still providing a blast of color. It's a bit of an obstacle course through the burn zone because of all the downed trees but the trail is easy to follow. Cloudy at the top so I couldn't see much but I image the view is pretty nice on a clear day.
Pamela B. on Cutthroat Lake and Cutthroat Pass
Nice trail, enjoyed the scenery and took some great pics. Not a good fishing lake though.